James Yap, Azkals honored at PSA Awards 2011

James Yap and the Azkals were among the awardees at the 2011 Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA)-Coca Cola Awards held at the Manila Hotel last weekend.

James Yap was bestowed with the PSA Pro Basketball Player Award while the Azkals (photo) receieved the PSA Presidential Award.

Azkals' team manager Dan Stephen Palami also received an award, as Executive of the Year.

The Philippine football team, who has also brought honors for the country in 2010, was not the one named as Athletes of the Year, the highest award being given by the PSA and was won by boxing icon Manny Pacquiao 5 times already.

This year's Athlete of the Year award is shared by four athlethes who have also won in international competitions. Those four recipients are all deserving though.

Pacquiao, who's now a PSA Hall of Famer, also graced the event as guest speaker and took part in handing out the awards.

Here's the list of winners in the PSA Awards 2011:

2011 Athletes of the Year: Dennis Orcollo (WPA World 8-Ball 2010 Champion, Asian Games 2010 Gold Medallist), Engelberto "Biboy" Rivera (Asian Games 2010 Gold Medallist for Bowling), Rey Saludar (Asian Games 2010 Gold Medallist for Boxing) and Francisco 'Django' Bustamante (WPA World 9-ball 2010 Champion)

PSA Presidential Achievement Award — Azkals (semi-finalist at the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010)

Executive of the Year — Dan Palami (as team manager of the Azkals)

Pro Basketball Player Award - James Yap of Derby Ace Llamados (2010 PBA Most Valuable Player)

Amateur Basketball Player Award - RR Garcia of FEU (UAAP 73 Most Valuable Player)

Boxers of the Year - Ana Julaton, Annie Albania, Donnie "Ahas" Nietes and Nonito Donaire Jr.,

Rider of the Year - Maico Buncio

Jockey of the Year - Jesse B. Guce

Horse of the Year - Yes Pogi

Other Major Awardees:
Angelo Que (golf)
Miguel Tabuena (golf)
National Men’s Chess Team (GM Wesley So, GM Rogelio Antonio, GM John Paul Gomez, GM Darwin Laylo, and GM Eugene Torre)
National Men’s Poomsae Team (Anthony Matias, Brian Alan Sabido and Jean-Pierre Sabido)
National Women’s Basketball Team

Warren Kiamco (billiards)

National Sports Association of the Year — Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP)

Hall of Fame — Efren "Bata" Reyes (billiards), Florencio Campomanes (chess)

Lifetime Achievement Award — Carlos "Sonny" Padilla, Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan

Tony Siddayao Award — Kiefer Ravena, Malvinne Ann Alcala, Andie Unson, John Keithley Chan, Jerrick Mitra

Araw ng Kagitingan Ultra Marathon
Artemio Murakami
Ateneo Blue Eagles
Ateneo Blue Eaglets
Cyna Rodriguez
Jerick Ternida
Kenneth San Andres
Marlon Stockinger
Mia Piccio
Milo Marathon
National Davis Cup Team
Philippine Patriots
Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA)
Ronald Salvador
San Beda Red Lions
Smart Sports
Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP)

Photo courtesy of Verna Mariano, co-founder of National Collegiate Billiards League (NCBL)

About M.I.

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